Fagin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Fagin is derived from the Gaelic "O Faodhagain," which in turn comes from the Latin word "paganus," which refers to a "villager" or "peasant."

Early Origins of the Fagin family

The surname Fagin was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they settled in early times.

Early History of the Fagin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fagin research. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1423, 1663, 1638 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Fagin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fagin Spelling Variations

In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Fagin family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Fagan, Faggan, Fagin, Feagan, Fegan, Feighan, Fieghan and many more.

Early Notables of the Fagin family (pre 1700)

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United States Fagin migration to the United States +

Many Irish families left the English-controlled Ireland in the 19th century. Early immigrants were primarily after land and the opportunity of living a life entirely of their own fashioning. In the 1840s, this pattern of immigration changed as the Great Potato Famine struck Ireland. Hundreds of thousands left the diseased and starving island with little expectations but many hopes. By this time there was very little available land in the east, so many immigrants joined the movement for the western frontier lands, or settled in established urban centers. Irish immigrants not only made enormous contributions to the rapid development and population of North America, but they also brought with them a rich cultural heritage. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Fagin:

Fagin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Fagin, who arrived in New England in 1710 [1]
Fagin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Fagin, aged 23, who landed in New Jersey in 1812 [1]
  • Henry Fagin, who settled in Boston in 1848
  • H Fagin, aged 24, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1854 [1]
  • James Fagin was a farmer in Red Island in 1871

Canada Fagin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fagin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Michael and Joseph Fagin, who settled in Upper Fox Trap, Newfoundland in 1801 [2]
  • John Fagin was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1838 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fagin (post 1700) +

  • Brian Fagin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Arizona State House of Representatives 13th District, 1998 [3]
  • Alexander Fagin, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 4th District, 1920 [3]

The Fagin Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deo partriaeque fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to God and my country.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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